Field Study in Barcelona, Spain

All elective courses at the Arcadia Center in Barcelona require a one or two-day field study component. Locations vary by semester and are at the discretion of the professor. Professors provide field study programming with particular relevance to each course’s syllabus and learning objectives. Generally the field study introduces students to remarkable and often undiscovered areas in Spain. The field study calendar is set in advance and dates and destinations are included in each class syllabus that the professor distributes the first day.

Listed are just a few examples:

  • ARSP310 Spanish Art & Architecture: Selected Topics
    Students and professor travel to Madrid in a two-day trip. Madrid possesses an unrivalled selection of art and architecture to fully understand many periods of the history of art and architecture in Spain first hand. Walking the streets and plazas of the center can explain key architectural and urban planning developments taking in churches that contain works by outstanding Spanish artist. The Museu Arqueológico Nacional allows students to get a first-hand look at outstanding examples of early Iberian artifacts and works of art from across the millennia. The Prado and the Reina Sofia Museums give a comprehensive idea of art history in Spain from early Gothic work to artist of the 20th-century including Dalí.

  • ARSP390 Picasso, Dalí, Miró
    This field study gives the students an opportunity to gain a complete overview of Dalí’s universe: a visit to his hometown and the museum that he himself created. The collection within spans his entire career and allows a complete understanding of the artist’s evolution and the different stages within his life. At cadaqués and Portlligat students can see the wild, rugged coastline that inspired Dalí since childhood and the unique home that he gradually built from 1930 onwards and where he spend the majority of the second half of his life after returning to Spain in 1948.

  • ARSP113 Documentary Photography, European and American voice compared
    The professor takes students on a road trip through Catalonia, away from the international city of Barcelona, and into the hinterland, to the “ordinary other” and together with a structured visual approach based on theoretical analysis of local and global aspects of human geography and photography as a commodity and cultural signifier, creatively reconstruct the places visited into a photographic document functioning as individual and group interpretation of evolving political and geographic dynamics.

  • SPAN350 Conflict and Identity in Spanish Contemporary Literature
    The Spanish Civil War and the exile are the main topics that embrace this field study. This period in the history of Spain affected the life and writings of Spanish writers at that time: Federico Garcia Lorca was executed by the Nacionales, Antonio Machado lost his life trying to escape from the fascist army, Mercè Rodoreda had to go on exile to preserve her life and Bernardo Atchaga and Manuel Rivas had to endure the dictatorship that followed. Students will visit the Museum of the Exile in the border of France to understand the dimension of the tragedy and the beautiful town of Collioure, where Antonio Machado’s tumb is located.

  • SCLS310 Social and Cultural Landscape of Spain
    The field study for this class visits the Capital of Spain, Madrid, where stereotypes, language, gastronomy, history, habits and traces of “la movida madrileña” are explored. Students are encouraged to order in Spanish and practice the language with locals through different activities organized.